Moviedrome Mondays: The Phenix City Story (1955)

Once again, I could not find a youtube video link of Moviedrome presenter Alex Cox introducing director Phil Karlson’s 1955 expose film noir classic The Phenix City Story, so I will have to made do with Cox’s intro transcript (read here). The episode’s original airdate was August 12, 1990 (read here). Fittingly shot in black-and-white and filmed on location (which gives it a documentary feel), this may be one of (If not) the grittiest film noirs to emerge from the American cinema during the 1950’s. The plot deals with attempts to clean up a seedy Alabama town and it was reportedly based on a true story (read here and here). If any of you readers are interested in reading my list of my favorite Phil Karlson films, read here.

I could not find a youtube video link to the film’s original theatrical trailer either.

My Favorite Phil Karlson Films

* * * * (Out of * * * *)

1.   The Phenix City Story (1955)

2.   99 River Street (1953)

3.   Gunman’s Walk (1958)
(I saw it on an old VHS tape)

4.   Kansas City Confidential (1952)

5.   Scandal Sheet (1952)

* * * 1/2 (Out of * * * *)

1.   The Brothers Rico (1957)

2.   5 Against the House (1955)